Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 9, 2013

"A well-reported, smoothly written book for anyone who wants to understand contemporary American military might and the widespread hatred for the U.S. that has been the result."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times national security correspondent Mazzetti demonstrates in horrifying, persuasive detail how the new-style warfare approved by both George W. Bush and Barack Obama has led to controversial assassinations by the U.S. government and blowback yielding new terrorists determined to harm American citizens. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 19, 2013

"A gripping environmental thriller."
An award-winning science journalist exposes how corporate interests and corrupt politicians almost turned a quiet, suburban New Jersey beach community into a toxic wasteland. Read full book review >

SALT SUGAR FAT by Michael Moss
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 12, 2013

"A shocking, galvanizing manifesto against the corporations manipulating nutrition to fatten their bottom line—one of the most important books of the year."
A revelatory look at America's increasing consumption of unhealthy products and at how the biggest food manufacturers ignore health risks, and employ savvy advertising campaigns, to keep us hooked on the ingredients that ensure big profit. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 12, 2013

"A surprisingly open, extremely timely examination of the sexual coming-of-age for Egyptian youth."
A daring new study finds the newly liberated Egyptians poised to demand more sexual freedom in the face of religious fundamentalism. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 12, 2013

"A step-by-step grasping of the enormity of an impending biodiversity crisis."
A frank, depressing wake-up call of impending environmental disaster. Read full book review >

THE FUTURE by Al Gore
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Provocative, smart, densely argued—and deserving of a wide audience and wider discussion."
A tour de force of Big Picture thinking in which the former vice president gets his inner wonk on. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 17, 2013

"A patient, wholly compelling investigation into a paranoid 'religion' and the faithful held in its sweaty grip."
A devastating history-cum-exposé of the Church of Scientology. Read full book review >
FIVE MYTHS ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS by Ward Wilson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"A provocative reframing of a problem that still awaits a solution."
A compelling, plainspoken piece of advocacy in which the author maintains that everything we think we know about nuclear weapons is wrong. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"An eye-opening, trailblazing exposé."
A top-notch account of Haiti's recent history, including the January 2010 earthquake, from the only American reporter stationed in the country at the time. Read full book review >
THE FINISH by Mark Bowden
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A superb storyteller, Bowden captures the tense drama accompanying the final months of the bin Laden hunt, even as he underscores the quiet, essential work of years."
A best-selling author explains the 10-year effort to find, fix and finish the world's most-wanted terrorist Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A wonderful, eye-opening account of humans versus disease that deserves to share the shelf with such classics as Microbe Hunters and Rats, Lice and History."
Nature writer and intrepid traveler Quammen (The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, 2006, etc.) sums up in one absorbing volume what we know about some of the world's scariest scourges: Ebola, AIDS, pandemic influenza—and what we can do to thwart the "NBO," the Next Big One. Read full book review >
WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM? by Hedrick Smith
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Not flawless, but one of the best recent analyses of the contemporary woes of American economics and politics."
Remarkably comprehensive and coherent analysis of and prescriptions for America's contemporary economic malaise by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Smith (Rethinking America, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >